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Gainesville woman celebrates 70th birthday after medical battles
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Harriett Lackey describes her double organ transplant and leg injury Wednesday at her home in Gainesville. In 2004, Lackey underwent surgery to replace her pancreas and kidney when she was 57. After celebrating her 70th birthday, this year marks nearly 13 years since the transplants. - photo by David Barnes
Every morning at 5 a.m., Harriett Lackey made her rounds as a unit secretary at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, putting labwork and other reports on patients’ charts hours before the doctors arrived. But she soon faced her own series of health struggles with moments of luck and blessing that she attributes to a higher power. In 2004, Lackey had been diagnosed diabetic for 46 years and was in need of a new kidney and pancreas. “(My doctor) told me if I didn’t get a transplant pretty soon, I’d be on dialysis,” she said.